Obstruction robbed the Cowboys and Storm of a try each in a controversial three-minute period that had rugby league guru Phil Gould fuming during the Townsville clash, eventually won by Melbourne 20-16.
Cowboys winger Kane Bradley was the first man brought undone by the Bunker when he crossed on the left edge in the 14th minute. Referee Matt Cecchin awarded the try but, after it was deemed that five-eighth Scott Drinkwater had the caught the ball on the inside of lead runner Shane Wright and run behind him, the Bunker overruled his decision.
The Bunker then stripped Melbourne of a try after centre Justin Olam burst through to the left of the posts in the 17th minute. The try of the Papua New Guinea international was overturned on the basis that hooker Brandon Smith had received the ball on the inside of lead runner Christian Welch and run behind him.
Olam no-try leaves Gould raging
In neither case was anyone impeded, leaving Gould ropeable on both occasions.
"That's a terrible decision," Gould said on Nine's coverage as Bradley's try was disallowed.
"That will happen 50 times a game ... and because a try is scored we apply the rule differently.
"Don't start me; I'm in a peaceful mood tonight. But that's just a disgraceful decision.
"That's the Bunker wanting to get involved where it's not required. Absolutely no one is impeded by that, absolutely no one. That's the Bunker wanting to get involved. No one's impeded, not even remotely.
"And none of them were looking at the lead runner, none of them, because they knew he wasn't going to get the ball. They were miles away from them.
"That's the Bunker wanting to get involved."
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It wasn't long before another Gould spray.
"There's no obstruction, there's no obstruction whatsoever," Gould said as Olam's try was overturned.
"But it's the same at the other (end). If you're going to have a black and white rule about running behind someone - no one's been impeded there, absolutely no one.
"They've had to do that because they made a bad decision at the other end, so they feel as though they've got to equal up.
"Now I'm going to get angry, because we should have had two tries here tonight and the Bunker's disallowed both of them. Now I am angry, now I am angry, because there's no impediment to anyone here. That's just beautiful football. There is no impediment to anyone here. None. None.
"But the stupidity of black and white interpretations for obstruction ... Geez, that annoys me about the game."
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